The Chicago Cubs have already added Wade Miley to the roster since the 2021 season ended, but Miley isn’t going to make the Cubs a playoff team next season. This is a pretty loaded free agent class, and the Cubs should go for the biggest player on the list.
Carlos Correa of the Houston Astros is easily the top player available in free agency, and this is the direction that the Cubs need to go. If the Cubs are serious about spending some money this offseason then they need to open up the checkbook and go for the top target.
Correa is a monster in the postseason, but he is also one of the most consistent players in the Major Leagues. It’s almost hard to believe that Houston is willing to let him walk, but the Astros loss should be the gain of the Cubs.
Make no mistake about it, there is going to be a huge group of teams looking to land Correa, including teams with the biggest payrolls. The Cubs have the money that it takes to make a deal like this possible and they need to make it happen.
Teams Already Spending Big
This offseason is already off to a much different start than what transpired 12 months ago. Teams refused to spend any money last offseason and there were several big name players that went into February without a contract.
It doesn’t appear that teams are willing to wait around this year as a handful of pitchers have already signed massive contracts. The run on position players hasn’t started yet, but don’t be surprised if that begins in the next few days.
Jose Berrios and Noah Syndergaard are already off the market, taking two of the most talented pitchers off of the board. This “board” is a list that the Cubs need to watch closely because they can’t afford to miss out on these players completely.
Waiting around is sometimes that right move to take, but that’s not going to work this offseason. The Cubs not only need to go after a big free agent, but they also have to be ready to open up the checkbooks now.
Chance of Schwarber Returning?
Most Cubs fans have been wondering if any of the trio of Cubs former stars will be returning this winter, but that’s not the question that should be asked. It seems as if Javy Baez has a shot to return to Chicago, but Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo are not making a return.
Fans seem to completely forget about Kyle Schwarber, but his return would be a huge improvement in left field. The potential of the DH in both leagues is also something that could add plenty of value to a Schwarber return.
It’s unclear what the market might look like for the slugger, but he is clearly not one of the biggest names out there. This would be a pretty solid move by the new front office in brining back a beloved player.